Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:22 UTC
Legal As we say in Dutch, de kogel is door de kerk: Think Secret will cease all activities after reaching a settlement with Apple in a lawsuit Apple had filed against the website. In exchange for closing down Think Secret, Nick DePlume, its owner, will not have to reveal its sources to Apple. The press release on the Think Secret website reads: "Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published." My take: I have respect for the way DePlume protected his sources; very commendable. I have, however, little respect for Apple in this case (I have written, rather controversially, about it before), and it just scares the living daylights out of me that a company can exert this much power over independent websites.
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As we say in X
by DevL on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:41 UTC
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"As we say in Dutch, de kogel is door de kerk"

There's a reason why Dutch are among the best non-native speakers of English: no one understands your language! :-)

That said (with a big smile), I agree with Thom that it is very frightening that any corporation can silence a journalist. DePlume might not have an immense media corporation backing him and paying his legal fees, but that doesn't make him any less a journalist.

So shame on you Apple and shame on all you other companies going down this path!

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